Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor on Friday met the wife and son of jailed former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt at his office on Thursday. On Friday, Tharoor took to Twitter to share a couple of pictures, saying: “Had a moving meeting yesterday with courageous ShwetaBhatt & her brave son Shantanu to discuss the prolonged detention of her husband @sanjivbhatt. Justice must be done!”
Soon after the Congress posted the pictures, people started trolling him, pointing out an Indian flag kept upside down on his table.
Auraton se dhyaan hata k table pe rakha jhanda bhi dekh lo Sir, kaha se ulta jhanda banwa liya hai pic.twitter.com/Ty8obkPMAP— Scar (@RAC7R) July 19, 2019
“No offence to you but had to correct our National Flag,” one of the Twitter users commented.
No offence to you but had to correct our National Flag- 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/GaN0qxrA0w— Shash (@pokershash) July 19, 2019
Another user said: “Sir rearrange your desk flag as in right order.”
Sir rearrange your desk flag as in right order. pic.twitter.com/ANgwsmUiVz— Mallikarjun malage (@be_you_7707) July 19, 2019
The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 prohibits the desecration of or insult to the country's national symbols, including the National Flag, the constitution, the National Anthem and map of India including contempt of Indian constitution.
On June 20, a court in Gujarat sentenced Sanjiv Bhatt to life imprisonment in a custodial death case dating back to 1990 when he was posted as additional superintendent of police in this district.
Bhatt, who earlier filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against the role of then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots in the state, is currently behind bars in another case of falsely implicating a man for alleged possession of drugs.
He was suspended from the Indian Police Service in 2011 and sacked by the Ministry of Home Affairs in August 2015 for 'unauthorised absence' from service.
The Jamnagar-based court of sessions judge DN Vyas convicted Bhatt and police constable Pravinsinh Zala under Indian Penal Code Section 302 (murder) and sentenced them to life in jail in the 29-year-old custodial death case.
The court also convicted five other policemen - sub-inspectors Dipak Shah and Sailesh Pandya, and constables Pravinsih Jadeja, Anopsinh Jethva and Keshubha Jadeja - in the case and sentenced them to two years in prison.
On October 30, 1990, then additional superintendent of police Bhatt detained around 150 people following a communal riot in Jamjodhpur town after a 'bandh' call against the halting of veteran BJP leader LK Advani's 'rathyatra' for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
One of those arrested, Prabhudas Vaishnani, died in a hospital after his release.